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To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.


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BradM Offline

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Hey, just wanted to let you know that if you pick a username that is already taken, the rejection message returned is that "Your Email or IP is associated with a spammer". I was puzzled after changing both my email and IP with my VPN as to why I was still getting that message, but after changing my username I was able to sign up without issue.

Not sure if or how many people run into this but I thought it'd be best to post here so site operators are aware.
11-01-2015 10:58 PM
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Hmm, interesting... I will look into that.

EDIT: It's possible that your first username was actually in the 'spam database'. It was set to check StopForumSpam for usernames as well as IP's and emails... I'm guessing "Brad" was your first choice, right? Wouldn't be surprised if a lot of spambots used that name too... Laugh

I've now disabled username checking.

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Ahh okay - that makes sense, and yes it was Biggrin
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